‘It won’t have a border’ Dan Walker stumbles on his words as Gove snaps back in Brexit row

‘It won’t have a border’ Dan Walker stumbles on his words as Gove snaps back in Brexit row

Dan Walker, 43, spoke with Cabinet Minister Michael Gove, 53, about the latest developments on the UK’s exit from the European Union, which has faced real contention over the past few days. One of the hot topics of discussion arising from the Brexit deal is how England will trade with Northern Ireland once Britain leaves the EU. However, the BBC Breakfast presenter was rather taken aback when the Government representative gave him a very blunt answer.

On Tuesday, it was reported “an agreement in principle” had been reached in relation to border control checks between England and Northern Ireland.

No specific details had been released but it is thought the Government will be stamping out the fine print in the next few days.

However, this hasn’t settled the entirety of the post-Brexit trade deal despite the end of the transition period concluding on December 31, 2020.

Wanting some clarity on the debate, Walker asked: “Mr Gove, what do you say to those who are watching this morning and saying, ‘You always promised there wouldn’t be a border in the Irish Sea’?”

Mr Gove simply replied: “Well, there won’t be,” with a brief silence making the atmosphere awkward between the pair.

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Trying to pick himself up from stumbling, Walker asked: “There’s not going to be totally frictionless trade, will there? There is still going to be checks on some goods?”

“Yes, and there always has been. It is the case when you export live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, that there are checks,” the politician replied.

“We’ve got a situation where the island of Ireland is a single epidemical zone when it comes to animal health.”

Mr Gove added: “The late Ian Paisley once said, at a time when we were facing other questions about animal welfare and trade, ‘My voters are British, but my cows are Irish’.”

“Now Michael Gove is telling us there needs to be compromiseds ‘on both sides’….. after blinking first #BBCBreakfast,” they continued.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday after discussions on border checks with Northern Ireland, Mr Gove explained: “We’ve agreed on stability and security for Northern Ireland.

“We will be able to ensure unfettered access for goods which come from Northern Ireland to the UK and given certainty to businesses in Northern Ireland.”

The politician added: “There will be a small number of precautionary checks on food products when they go into Northern Ireland.”

Referring to the latter point, Mr Gove said this would be “as light as possible” and businesses in Northern Ireland would have “the best of both worlds”.

Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations Maros Sefcovic, 54, also spoke on the agreement.

The latter said “one big obstacle” had been removed with regards to the UK’s divorce from the EU, which began in January.

However, he stipulated the negotiating teams were “still very far apart, and we are not hiding this from anyone.”

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

Published at Wed, 09 Dec 2020 08:10:00 +0000